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The Virtue of Gratitude

We have all been given so much in this world, and we need to remember to be thankful for it all the time, not just in November. Most of us know this but at the same time a majority of us do not practice the virtue of gratitude mainly because of the culture we live in. It is very easy to get comfortable with the lifestyle we live and get caught up in our everyday problems. Especially as a college student, we are so focused on our goals or our career that we often fail to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes.


A few weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer at the BIG Event with Islander Catholic. Our project was to paint the outside of a recreational center. At first it was pretty fun, mainly because I was doing something other than being at school studying. After only a few hours the fun wore off some. I was tired and couldn’t wait until lunch time. As I was painting, the thought popped into my head of all the workers who made their living doing similar work to support themselves and their families. It made me realize how fortunate I am not only to have a job where I don’t have to do such physical labor but also that I can afford to go to college. I have the opportunity to study and pursue the career of my choosing. I am not in a situation where I have to work a job I don’t particularly like in order support my family.


We take for granted many things such as religious freedom in which many parts of the world many are martyred because of their faith. Even something that seems so simple like having access to clean, running water wherever we go is a luxury that millions of people do not have . I always find it amazing how out of every place in the world that God could’ve chosen to put me, He chose to place me in one of the best countries in the world. I ask that you pay more attention to those around you and to try to more grateful in your everyday life.

God Bless,


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